Exciting new developments in Suw- & Steph-land

We know we’ve been rather quiet here over the last few months. We did record an episode in early February, but what with one thing and another, it has never quite made it on to the site. If we have time, we may yet edit it together and post it, but for now, we’re afraid to say that we have decided to put Fresh Lime Soda on hold.

Steph is very busy at the moment organising Going Solo, a conference to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 16th May and addressing the issues surrounding freelance work and life. If you’re a freelance, or thinking of leaving your job to go solo, you should definitely take a look!

Suw is equally as frantic, having just launched a new blog, Kits and Mortar, which follows her up the learning curve as she find out how to plan and build her own green, cat-friendly house. If you’re a cat lover, or you’re into self-build or sustainability, check it out!

We’re sure that we’ll come back to Fresh Lime Soda at some point, but for now, it’s on hold. In the meantime, you can find us on our own blogs or on Twitter:

Steph:

Suw:

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Fresh Lime Soda episode 9: FoWA and Lace

Ah well, see, this is how it goes. You wait months for episode 8 of FLS, we publish it with a broken link to the audio file and correct it weeks later, and then, right behind it (ish), episode 9!

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Fresh Lime Soda episode 8: What on Earth is Mornington Crescent?

This isn’t getting any better, is it? Well, better late than never: Fresh Lime Soda, episode 8. (Gosh, we did this on the 3rd August…)

  • video is easier and more entertaining
  • what the heck is this Mornington Crescent thing? (the game on Twitter, blogged by Suw and Lloyd)
  • delusions of privacy: private and public Twitter feeds; ORG-discuss mailing-list archives
  • permanence of digital media (teenagers, adults, and nekkid pics!)
  • “breaking down the walls between the silos of our lives”: Facebook as a business networking service?
  • social network fatigue and contact groups (note, though, this feature has been announced for Facebook) since we discussed this; we need Structured Portable Social Networks
  • centralizing e-mail in GMail and multiple inboxes (Suw might like Xobni)
  • the psychology of e-mail: subtle differences between “inbox” and “archive” (and a sprinkle of GTD — check Merlin Mann’s Google Tech Talk about e-mail)
  • what will I do tomorrow? Suw’s “campaign to get more done” and Steph’s nine to twelve
  • keeping track of time whilst watching Sky News and answering e-mails

You may download the MP3 of Fresh Lime Soda, Episode 8 or listen to it using the player below. (15Mb, 44min)


Update 17.10: fixed the typo in the audio file link! (Gah, you people could have mentioned it, you know who you are. Thanks, iMorpheus.)

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Fresh Lime Soda episode 7: In San Francisco!

Each time Suw and I meet, we try to record a video episode of Fresh Lime Soda, mainly because it’s more fun than doing a podcast. This episode was shot in two sittings, (well, three if you’re going to be picky!) for reasons you will understand as soon as you start watching.

Show notes:

- in San Francisco!
- what do you do? What do you care about? Why neither of us “sell” ourselves
- what we do, what we’d like to do
- Suw cares about blogs and wikis, and digital rights
- about being a consultant and trying to define what we do without using loaded words like, er “consultant”
- work/life balance and the importance of having interests offline
- let others tag your photos
- Steph cares about teenagers and languages online (people and the internet)

Thanks, by the way, to all the people who have been giving us feedback on this show. It’s really nice to know how appreciated it is. See you soon!

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Fresh Lime Soda episode 6: Are presentation slides evil?

Welcome to another FLS video episode filmed on Suw’s sofa and containing some goofing off. This time, though, we get down to a serious discussion — well, as serious as we ever get — about whether or not it’s better to use slides when giving a presentation. We also give our top five (or in Steph’s case, six) tips for giving talks, and Suw promises to try using slides at her next talk.

Now, we’ve decided to experiment with the new video hosting service, Viddler, because it allows for you to leave comments which are tied to a specific point of time in the video, and allows us to add time-based tags too. It also allows you to link to and embed videos starting from a particular frame, not just from the beginning. Neat!

Unfortunately, though, WordPress in all its wisdom and glory doesn’t allow us to embed the video here for your delectation. Apparently this is a “feature” that prevents malicious code from being embedded in WordPress blogs. Personally, I class anything that gets in my way as bug, and this is getting in my way like an elephant in a lift. Colour me annoyed. Still, all you have to do to enjoy our video is click on any one of the lovely links scattered liberally through this blog post!

UPDATE: Viddler now produces a special code to let you embed videos in WordPress. Fab!

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Fresh Lime Soda episode 5: Dragon, multitasking

Finally, after a long wait due to our joint inefficiency in getting this podcast ready for public consumption, we are proud to present episode 5 of our favourite podcast, Fresh Lime Soda, in which (this time) everything is related. (Recorded on April 25th, 2007, but don’t say it too loud — we don’t want people to know just quite how slow we are.)

Show notes:

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking: dictation speed and recognition issues
  • correcting mistakes in Dragon (impromptu tutorial) — ends around 10:20
  • multitasking: can dictation help you focus? (Web Worker Daily: Your Eyes Want to Multitask. Resist!)
  • tinnitus is in the brain; multitasking is like visual tinnitus
  • WriteRoom, choosing your interruptions
  • how Think works
  • multitasking and guilt – the expectation of instant availability
  • how to change – think about the process not the end result
  • managing interruptions: closing e-mail windows, Google notifier, e-mail notification in Adium, Twitterrific
  • back to the flow state through dictating (and maybe going to the gym?)
  • guilt and making time for blogging
  • reclaiming your blog, and the first-draft syndrome (really shitty first draft: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott)

You may download the MP3 of Fresh Lime Soda, Episode 5 or listen to it using the player below. (12Mb, 35min)


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Fresh Lime Soda episode 4: Goofing about on video

Whilst we were both in London – Steph’s staying with Suw at the moment – we decided to have a play with our MacBooks and iMovie and do a little a video entry for your delight and delectation. OK, maybe ‘delectation’ is putting it a bit strongly. Still, we hope you enjoy watching our 20 minutes of (almost content-free) silliness as much as we enjoyed putting it together, although please do forgive us the cheesy ending. (I want it on the record that the ending was all Steph’s idea – Suw.)

Here are the show notes:

- Joi wondering if saving the internet is “doing the right thing” for him now
- being self-conscious
- The Homeless Guy
- danah boyd’s post on anti-social networks legislation
- eggs
- data packages with cellphones, pricing predictability
- going no-car (Steph’s long post around that), Mobility and Zipcar
- which side of the road do we drive, and why?
- Walk. On. The. Left.
- not wanting to talk about “brand” and “attacking niches”

You may download the iPod version (22min, 131Mb) or the higher resolution version (22min, 117Mb).

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